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Low cost and integrated GPUs gain the most in Q2

GPU sales are looked at as an indicator of how well the overall computer market is doing since all computers today ship with a GPU of some sort be it of the discrete or integrated variety. So far, 2009 has been a rough year for GPU makers.

Typically, GPU makers would be disappointed with no significant growth, but with the poor economy, it's a welcome change from the significant declines other quarters have seen. Jon Peddie Research (JPR) has unveiled its latest numbers for the add-in GPU industry for Q2 2009. The numbers show that 16.81 million add-in units were shipped, up 3% from the previous quarter and down 15% from the same quarter in 2008.

Inventories had to be replenished over Q2 and JPR estimates that the replenishment at least shadowed consumption or was a bit higher. With the poor economy still hurting many consumers, sales in the GPU market moved downstream. Most of the growth in the GPU market was in the integrated segment with a 4% year-over-year increase in shipments for the quarter. Lower cost discrete cards also saw modest improvements according to JPR with higher cost discrete cards taking the worst the quarter had to offer.

The quarter was the first where AMD finally started to gain back some share from NVIDIA. JPR reports that AMD's unit share rose from 31% in Q1 to 35% in Q2 with NVIDIA seeing their share decline the same 4% to 64% overall. That means that AMD took every bit of its growth from NVIDIA's marketshare. NVIDIA and Intel GPU shipments did rebound slightly in Q1 2009.

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RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By PhoetuS on 8/26/2009 1:39:16 PM , Rating: 5
I've never had a single issue in any of my nvidia cards....wish I could say the same with amd/ati.

The reverse is true as well. I have never had any problems with any of my ati/amd cards, however I have had serious issues with all my nvidia cards but one...

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By SpaceRanger on 8/26/2009 3:34:10 PM , Rating: 2
Absolutely. Bought an ATI 4890 1GB to replace my 8800 GTS and haven't regretted the decision at all. I believe ATI has a better product out there right now compared to nVidia. Of course this could (and probably will) change down the road, but we'll see...

RE: Why Would You Buy NVidia?
By MonkeyPaw on 8/26/2009 6:57:54 PM , Rating: 3
Also, nVidia has had a slew of reported issues on IGP chipsets and dedicated notebook graphics cards. Such problems lead OEMs to other product lines, and they go a long way towards public perception. I know I have avoided nVidia cards and chipsets because of these problems. That, and the fact that my last notebook had nVidia graphics and it was having all kinds of screen corruption problems.

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